Bikes, cars, horses. That’s Vienna for you. 🙂
The Rugby World Cup is on, and there aren’t many places one can go to watch it in the city, as the interest in rugby is very limited in Austria. The Australian pubs sometimes show rugby, and Shebeen, but if you want to be certain, Flanagans shows most games whether it be Rugby Championship, Super Rugby, Six Nations or just a test game.
Nowadays it’s made all pretty for the World Cup, and there was nothing wrong with the atmosphere when we watched England go out of the tournament yesterday. Poor England. At least co-host Wales is still in it!
Yesterday I went adventuring around Wienerberg in the outer 10th District, and found this rather pretty building. I had to find out more about it, and so I went to trusty Wikipedia, and this is what it told me:
The water tower was drawn by Franz Borkowitz and built in 1898-99. It used to be a part of a bigger building complex, and supplied the areas in the 10th and 12th district that were too high up to be reached by the water in the Wienerberg reservoir. This was a time when the city was rapidly growing, and the water usage with it.
It was in use until 1956. Inside the tower nowadays there’s an exhibition space, and it’s used for events. There are free tours of the tower 7 months of the year, so if you’re super keen some googling will tell you when there is a tour next.
Last year they built a water park for kids to play in next to the tower.
People waiting for the Wiesn to open at noon. At the Wiener Wiesn-Fest you can quench your thirst for beer and see people dressed up in Tracht, it’s basically Vienna’s own Oktoberfest. It keeps getting bigger every year, so I guess it’s here to stay. 🙂